This year the COVID-19 pandemic has several realizing the importance of time with family and friends. Although celebrating may look different this holiday season, it will surely be done with added enthusiasm and appreciation for those around us. Worrying about flights, presents, and more amid a pandemic can leave you neglecting your self-care routine. Here are the top tips to stay beautiful and refreshed this holiday season.
This is really a year-round tip because even though you may not be under the summer sun, in the winter, the cold air causes us to lose moisture. The dry and often stagnant air from central heating as well as going back and forth between the brisk outdoors and indoor heating can take its toll on your skin. Drinking plenty of water before throughout the day and especially before bed is the best way to combat dryness and help your body repair and rejuvenate overnight. Dehydration can also weaken your immune system. Now more than ever, it’s important to be vigilant about social distancing and boosting your body’s defenses. Not having enough water in your system can dry out the mucous membranes in your lungs and sinuses which can reduce their ability to resist infections.
Cut The Bloat
While it’s natural to indulge in delicious holiday goodies, be cautious of overdoing it. If you need an energy boost, try and stock the house with high protein snacks and whole foods instead of sugary, processed foods. Try to avoid yeast and inflammatory meals and opt for anti-candida foods. It’s often the extra salt and sugar that makes those holiday treats so delicious. However, these ingredients will also cause your body to retain extra water making you feel even more bloated. Drink water or other caffeine-free fluids to help dilute the salt in your system. Avoiding cocktails is an easy way to cut out hidden sugars. Instead, go for a spirit with a sparkling water mixer. Red wine is another good alternative and it includes the added benefit of antioxidants.
Get Rid of Tired Eyes and Dark Circles
Staying up late (even if it’s over zoom), overindulging, and stressing about getting everything on your to-do list done can leave your eyes dark and puffy. Place cold cotton balls or a chilled gel eye mask over closed eyes for 5-10 min can reduce the inflammation before you start your day after a long night.
Add a Holiday Glow
Skincare is always a key part of self-care. If you don’t have a good skin care regimen already, don’t worry you don’t need anything complicated. Stick to the basics, cleanse, moisturize, and protect. Take a quick skin type quiz if you’re unsure where to start and be cautious of over-exfoliating or drowning your skin in serums. If you’re still wanting an extra holiday glow, finish off your look by adding some highlighter of your choice. A quick swipe in a C shape around your cheekbones and outer eyes and down the tip of your nose. This is a great way to brighten up tired eyes and if you are rocking a low cut or strapless holiday outfit, you can even dab some across your clavicle.
Try to maintain your exercise routine at least three times a week. There are endless workout programs and incluencers dedicated to helping you stay active from home without having to risk the gym. Sticking to a moderate, but regular exercise routine will get your blood flowing and release endorphins which directly impact on your mood and metal state. Even just a brisk walk outside to break up your day can clear your mind, relieve stress, and get your heart rate up just enough.
Although most of us have been pretty isolated from most of our friends and extended family, it doesn’t mean we need to feel alone. Connect with friends and family virtually if you are unable to reunite in person. Revive your festive sparkle this holiday season by taking care of yourself first. Keeping yourself healthy from the inside out means you will have more holiday cheer to spread around.
This guest post was graciously provided by make-up professional, Cassie Brewer. Cassie lives in Southern California and, in her free time, enjoys writing about her passion (make-up of course!) and everything beauty related. Nothing makes her happier than helping others be the best version of themselves they can be. You can read more at cassiebrewer.weebly.com and follow her on twitter @Cassiembrewer